Tanjung Pinang

What is Tanjung Pinang known for?


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and forty-five minutes south by car from Bintan Resorts on the northern part of Bintan. Get around Central Tanjung Pinang, including the old part of town which is built on stilts, is small enough for you to move around on foot. If you want to move further out, such as to Bintan Mall, Bestari Mall, Bintan Center, Trikora beach, open air "Akau" restaurant, Buddhist " Kelenteng Senggarang" temple taxis are the easiest way for foreigners. Buses exist but are seldom easy to understand as stops are rarely marked, drivers do not speak English, and there is no information available for them on paper. By Taxi Only take taxis from the main road. 'City Taxis' charge $.3 if you request to leave the urban area. The taxis are affordable once you have successfully bargained. Fix your price firmly before boarding the taxi to avoid any problems. A 40km trip to Trikora Beach should cost $.5.00 By Motorcycle Taxi (Ojek) There are also the thousands of motorcycle taxis called ''ojek'' waiting to ferry you around, although consider this more of an "adventure" way to travel and is not necessarily safe. By minibus Minibuses known as ''Angkutan Kota'' operate on fixed routes, they carry six to eight passengers and charges per person vary with the distance is another useful way to roam around. The fare is fixed at Rp. 3000 within the city. To stop at your destination, just shout "'pinggir' or 'kiri'" pak. By Boat Regular boats to Penyengat Island cost Rp5,000 person, starts from small alley at Jalan Pos. But you have to wait a while to have the boat full. You can hire own boats for a much more expensive cost. From Jalan Pelantar I you can go to Senggarang, cost about Rp5,000(1-way)per person for a small boat. You may need to wait for a while to have the boat full or you can hire own boats but need to bargain beforehand. From Jalan Pelantar II you can go to Kampung Bugis. See By land Tanjung Pinang today is a sprawling Indonesian town, with mosquitoes and rats running under stilt houses on the coast at low tide and anonymous concrete blocks marching up the hills. However, the area around Jl. Pelantar II still retains the town's Chinese heritage, with densely packed shophouses hawking all manner of goods. * '''500 Luohan Temple'''. Buddhist temple that contains a fantastic sculpture park. The star attractions are the 500 ''arhats'' (Eng: "perfected ones"; Mandarin: "luohan"). All of them have different poses and expressions. The temple is 10 minutes drive from Tanjung Pinang. * There is also a newly built Buddhist temple which house the largest sitting Guan Yin (Goddess of mercy) in South-East Asia. Locate approx. 10 miles from Tg. Pinang downtown. * The old ruler's palace and royal tombs, among them the grave of the respected Sultan Haji, who also was creater and author of the first Malay Language grammar book, are among the legacies left by the Riau sultanate. * The cultural center for stage performances of Malay music and dances is located in Tanjungpinang. The center organizes regular festivals and other performances such as music and dance. thumb Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument (File:Raja Haji Fisabilillah Monument .jpg) * '''Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument''', downtown Tanjung Pinang. 28m tall and raised in memory of the national hero Raja Haji who died during the herotic battle of Malacca against the Dutch in 1784. He was a famous Malayan king and had his castle on the island Penyengant right outside Tanjung Pinang. Unfortunately the very statue of Raja Haji had been removed by local government due to safety issue - It had been partially worn out. So you can only see the base of the monument now. * '''Kelong''', 'Kelong' is a stilt house the fisherman built for breeding or trapping of fish, some are built mainly for commercial use but, there are a few that offer stays on the 'Kelong'. Most of them are built away from the bustling town thus, it's a perfect getaway if you're looking for some peace and quiet. Cost is around S$20.00 per room for 2 per night, meals can be arrange with the operator as some provide fresh catch from the sea. Also fishing trip in the open sea can also be arrange with the operator. It's good way to explore and learn how the local do their fishing the 'Kelong' way. By water thumb Boat race in Tanjung Pinang (File:Boat race in Tanjung Pinang.jpg) Take a walk down to the docks and find yourself a little boat to take you for a round trip around the harbour (10 Singapore Dollars or less). Tanjung Pinang is built into the water and being on the water is the best way to see it. For a longer trip, rent a guide - who will arrange a boat or boats - at one of the piers (i.e., at the end of Jn Pelantar 1 or 2), and go and see Penyengat, Senggarang and Sungai Ular Temple in one go. Price is up to negotiation, may be around 30-40 SGD for two persons. Watch out to get only ''one'' person showing you around, and make it crystal clear in the beginning that price is all-inclusive. * '''Penyengat Island'''. Places to visit include the Masjid Raya - the old vice-royal mosque, which locals claim is made "from egg" (the mortar, that is, not the whole building). There are also a few more mosques and graveyards to see, some of which include royalties. * '''Senggarang Temples''' is a temple complex including Chinese and Hinduist worshipping places. This includes a 40-armed statue and several animal deities. From there, you can walk to a stilt house village, where there is also a temple that a tree has grown into. There are boats going from Tanjung Pinang piers to Senggarang frequently, haggle for price. * '''Sungai Ular Buddhist Temple''', or Snake River Temple, is a little way up the so-called snake river (for its windings). The best (and probably only) way to get there is by boat. Go there for some gory murals depicting the Chinese version of hell. Do '''Fishing''' Many Singaporeans often use Tanjung Pinang as a departure point for fishing trips. The vessels used are usually made of wood and are rarely equipped with GPS or any modern equipment. Yet they are often booked solid six months ahead. *


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.. Driving Avoid drinking while driving. While in the old time, you might be stopped for drink driving and could "settle" your way through with $10-$20, the policeman might now charge you with bribing attempt instead. As a consequence, you might be jailed for up to 3 months and the officer would get a stipend for US$1,000. If you are stopped by police for any offence, just ask to write you up and pay the summon letter directly to the nearest bank. This would be a cheaper


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facilities. One of the two hotels with a swimming pool. The other is comfort hotel. *


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'' person showing you around, and make it crystal clear in the beginning that price is all-inclusive. * '''Penyengat Island'''. Places to visit include the Masjid Raya - the old vice-royal mosque, which locals claim is made "from egg" (the mortar, that is, not the whole building). There are also a few more mosques and graveyards to see, some of which include royalties. * '''Senggarang Temples''' is a temple complex including Chinese and Hinduist worshipping places. This includes a 40-armed statue and several animal deities. From there, you can walk to a stilt house village, where there is also a temple that a tree has grown into. There are boats going from Tanjung Pinang piers to Senggarang frequently, haggle for price. * '''Sungai Ular Buddhist Temple''', or Snake River Temple, is a little way up the so-called snake river (for its windings). The best (and probably only) way to get there is by boat. Go there for some gory murals depicting the Chinese version of hell. Do '''Fishing''' Many Singaporeans often use Tanjung Pinang as a departure point for fishing trips. The vessels used are usually made of wood and are rarely equipped with GPS or any modern equipment. Yet they are often booked solid six months ahead. *


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II. "Wet kway teow" - rice noodle(Pricing between Rp 12.000 - Rp 20.000) can be found at Jl. Pasar Ikan, Jl. Tambak, Jl. Potong Lembu. Or, head to the local '''food court''' just across the street from the ferry terminal. Other national delicacies such as Pempek, Sup Ayam Kampung, Gado-gado, Soto, Special BBQ of Chicken and Fish are also available in a comfortable modern coffee shop like " Sweet " located at Jalan Bakar Batu No.102 C so near that it takes only 5-10 minutes walk from the International Harbour. For those who are vegetarian, there is a Chinese vegetarian restaurant (Bumi Maitri) at 'Suka Berenang'. They open until 9PM everyday and the price is very reasonable. Drink Alcoholic drinks are available in most of the cafes and restaurants, nonetheless of being the country with the largest Muslim population. Non-Muslim Indonesian drink alcohol only in social setting. If you like to drink new things, try the local "Double Kiwi", which comes in clear (i.e. vodka-like) and amber (i.e. whisky-like) fashions, at only 15-20 degrees alcohol. *


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Plantar II'''). They will be at least 50% cheaper than at the resorts. * Fakes: Just like in most of South-East Asian countries, pirated goods are available openly. DVD and music CD are everywhere, often not more than one Singapore dollar for a DVD. Quality is "ok". You can test the quality before you buy. * Tea & Coffee: The most popular brand for tea in Tanjung Pinang is called ''Teh Prendjak'' by PT.Panca Rasa Pratama. It has a very unique flavor that you can find in nowhere. Most


performance culture

The cultural center for stage performances of Malay music and dances is located in Tanjung Pinang. The center organizes regularly festivals and other performance. Culture happenings such as music and dance. Renowned Buddhist temples are located outside central Tanjung Pinang in a small town named Senggarang (Senggarang, Indonesia). Penyengat Island 200px thumb right Penyengat Island (File:Pulau_Penyengat.jpg) The old ruler's palace and royal tombs, among them the grave of the respected Raja Ali Haji, who was the creater and author of the first Malay Language grammar book, are one of the many legacies left by the Riau sultanate. Still in use is the old vice-royal mosque, the Mesjid Raya. Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument 200px thumb right The Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument in Tanjung Pinang. (File:Raja_Haji_Fisabilillah_Monument.jpg) The 28-metre tall Raja Haji Fisabillah Monument was raised in memory of the Raja Haji Fisabilillah who died during the battle of Malacca against the Dutch in 1784. He was a famous Malayan king and had his castle on Penyengat island outside Tanjung Pinang. Notes


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;ref name Eliot 1819–1963 Keen to attract Asian and European traders to the new port, Raffles directed that land along the banks of the Singapore River, particularly the south bank, be reclaimed where necessary and allocated to Chinese and English country traders to encourage them to establish a stake in the port-settlement. Chinese traders, because of their frequent commercial interactions with Southeast Asian traders throughout the year, set up their trading houses along the lower reaches of the river, while English country traders, who depended on the annual arrival of trade from India, set up warehouses along the upper reaches. The port relied on three main networks of trade that existed in Southeast Asia at that time: the Chinese network, which linked Southeast Asia with the southern Chinese ports of Fujian and Guangdong; the Southeast Asian network, which linked the islands of the Indonesian archipelago (Malay Archipelago); and the European and Indian Ocean network, which linked Singapore to the markets of Europe and the Indian Ocean littoral. These networks were complementary, and positioned Singapore as the transshipment point of regional and international trade. By the 1830s, Singapore had overtaken Batavia (now Jakarta) as the centre of the Chinese junk (junk (ship)) trade, and also become the centre of English country trade, in Southeast Asia. This was because Southeast Asian traders preferred the free port of Singapore to other major regional ports which had cumbersome restrictions. Singapore had also supplanted Tanjung Pinang as the export gateway for the gambier (Uncaria) and pepper industry of the Riau (Riau Islands)–Lingga (Lingga Islands) Archipelago by the 1830s, and South Johor by the 1840s. It had also become the centre of the Teochew (Chaozhou) trade in marine produce and rice. Transport Ferry services to the islands from outside the archipelago come from the provincial capital to the north, Tanjung Pinang on Bintan, including from Singapore. These days the main industry is fishing. There are a number of fine beaches with some coral around the Archipelago but there is very little tourism on account of the poor transport links with the outside world. **Tanjung Pandan - Buluh Tumbang Airport **Tanjung Pinang - Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport **Tarakan (Tarakan, East Kalimantan) - Juwata Airport Calls to Indonesian Border Towns Calls to Batam, Samarinda, Pekanbaru and Tanjung Pinang in Indonesia require only the code '''011''', followed by the area code (minus '0') and the subscriber's number, hence to call a number in Batam from Singapore, a subscriber would dial 011 778 xxx xxx, instead of the international code +62 778. Calls to the rest of Indonesia, including those to mobile phones, require international dialling, as do calls made using other carriers in Singapore, such as StarHub and M1. * '''WIDD''' (BTH) – Hang Nadim Airport – Batam, Riau Islands * '''WIDN''' (TNJ) – Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport (Kijang Airport) – Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands * '''WIHH''' (HLP) – Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport – Jakarta * '''WIKL''' (LLG) – Silampari Airport – Lubuk Linggau, Musi Rawas, South Sumatra * '''WIKN''' (TNJ) – Raja Haji Fisabilillah Airport – Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands * '''WIKS''' (SIQ) – Dabo Airport – Singkep, Riau


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to the hotel is a ''kelong'' behind it with full view of the other islands and terminal. Check-out time is noon. The services provided by the hotel is extremely friendly. * '''Pelangi Hotel & Resort''', Jalan D.I. Pandjaitan Km.6 (About 15 minutes from ferry terminal), tel. +62 771 21982 318888, Facility : Wifi, pool, gym. Rooms rate S$36-80. the folks there are very very nice. *


local food

II. "Wet kway teow" - rice noodle(Pricing between Rp 12.000 - Rp 20.000) can be found at Jl. Pasar Ikan, Jl. Tambak, Jl. Potong Lembu. Or, head to the local '''food court''' just across the street from the ferry terminal. Other national delicacies such as Pempek, Sup Ayam Kampung, Gado-gado, Soto, Special BBQ of Chicken and Fish are also available in a comfortable modern coffee shop like " Sweet " located at Jalan Bakar Batu No.102 C so near that it takes only 5-10

Tanjung Pinang

'''Tanjung Pinang''' is the capital and second largest city of the Indonesian province (Provinces of Indonesia) of Riau Islands (Riau Islands Province) after Batam. A city with roughly 200,000 residents, it is a trading port between islands in the Riau archipelago. Tanjung Pinang is located on south of Bintan island and has ferry and speedboat (Motorboat) connections to Batam, Singapore (40 km away), and Johor Bahru.

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